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Invisible in Austin

Join us Thursday, February 4 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Gordon White Building room 2.206 for Invisible in Austin, a book talk with the editors and contributors. Registration required.

Austin is renowned as a fast-growing city and a cool place to live. But, the growing gap between rich and poor is reconfiguring its cityscape. In Invisible in Austin, Javier Auyero and graduate students explore the lives of those working at the bottom of the social order. Recounting their life stories with empathy and sociological insight, the authors show us how these lives are driven by a complex mix of individual and social forces.

Speakers:

Javier Auyero | Editor
Professor, Department of Sociology
The University of Texas at Austin

Pamela Neumann | Contributor
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology
The University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Sobering | Contributor
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology
The University of Texas at Austin

Book Talk CoSponsors:

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

Health Disparities Presentations

The panelists from the Health Disparities event presented some compelling information about and solutions to health inequities in Austin/Travis County. Review the presentations here:

Christie Garbe presentation

Christie Garbe, Central Health Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, on identifying and addressing health disparities toward a health equitable Travis County.

Miyong Kim presentation

Miyong Kim, Professor in the University of Texas School of Nursing, on understanding  the role of  health literacy in eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations.

William Lawson presentation

William Lawson, Associate Dean of Health Disparities in the University of Texas Dell Medical School, on addressing health disparities in Austin/Travis County.

“Addressing Racial and Ethnic Inequalities” Panel Available Online

Couldn’t make it to our last panel?

A video recording of the panel discussion “Uniting Our Divided City: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Austin” is now available online for public viewing.

Please click here to access the video.

Uniting Our Divided City: Addressing Health Disparities

Join us on November 13th for the second event of the Opportunity Forum 2015-2016 Lunch Series, featuring health care providers, advocates, and UT faculty working to address racial and ethnic health disparities in our community. Travis County and the City of Austin have the reputation of having a healthy population, but many residents are being left behind, unable to share in the benefits of good health.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Click here to register for the event

Friday, November 13, 2015
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
2300 Red River Street, Austin TX 78712
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch provided

Panelists:

Christie Garbe
Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Central Health

Dr. William Lawson
Associate Dean of Health Disparities, Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin

Moderated by Sherri Greenberg, Clinical Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin

Lunch Series Co-Sponsors:

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus
Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture

Parking, Driving, and Transit Directions:

Registrants may park in the Manor Garage for a fee (down the street from the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Robert Dedman Dr.). Please allow ample time to park and walk to the event.

Driving directions to the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Parking instructions for the Manor Garage
Capital Metro Trip Planner

2015-2016 Lunch Series – Uniting Our Divided City: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Austin

Join us on October 16th for the first event of the Opportunity Forum 2015-2016 Lunch Series, a panel discussion addressing one of Austin’s most pressing issues: inequity. As one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., Austin has a long history of inequity that has left deep divisions across many sectors of our community. How has the city reached this point, and what can be done to address these persistent divides? Join us for the first event in this year’s Opportunity Forum speaker series, featuring UT faculty, a journalist, a policy advocate, and a government leader who are all working to document and address these pressing inequities.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Click here to register for the event.

Friday, October 16, 2015
The University of Texas School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin TX 78705
Townes Hall 2.114 (Francis Auditorium)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch provided

Panelists:

Greg Casar
Council Member, Austin City Council

Mechele Dickerson
Professor
The University of Texas School of Law

Jennifer Holme
Associate Professor, College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin

Dan Zehr
Reporter
Austin American-Statesman

Moderated by John Henneberger, Co-Director of the Texas Low-Income Housing Information Service

Lunch Series Co-Sponsors:

The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus
William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture

Parking and driving directions: 

Registrants may park in the San Jacinto Garage for a fee (down the street from the Law School on Trinity Street). Please allow ample time to park and walk to the event.

Driving to the School of Law
Parking instructions for the San Jacinto Garage
Building map of Townes Hall
Capital Metro Trip Planner

UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Austin Anchors & The Innovation Zone: Building Collaborative Capacity

May 8, 2015
Austin Anchors & The Innovation Zone: Building Collaborative Capacity

What are anchor institutions in Austin, and what role will they play in addressing our city’s pressing challenges such as: affordability, equity, workforce, health, sustainability and mobility? Additionally, how will the proposed Austin Innovation Zone provide opportunities for community-wide collaboration to improve quality of life for all of Austin? Join us for this timely discussion informed by a year of research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at: https://building-collaborative-capacity.eventbrite.com

PANELISTS:
Awais Azhar – Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, expected 2016
Catie Bialick – Master of Public Affairs, expected 2016
Virginia Cumberbatch – Master of Public Affairs, expected 2016
Kathleen Rubin – Master of Public Affairs, expected 2016
David Thompson – Master of Public Affairs, expected 2016
Chandi Wagner – Master of Public Affairs, expected 2016

Presenters’ Profiles

CO-SPONSOR:
LBJ School of Public Affairs

EVENT DETAILS
May 8, 2015
12:15pm-1:45pm
The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Room 3.122
2315 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705

UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Incentivizing Equitable and Sustainable Growth

February 6, 2015
Incentivizing Equitable and Sustainable Growth
Join us for this timely session on ensuring that economic development subsidies for companies contribute to equitable and sustainable growth in our region. The session will also explore how to make economic development subsidies more transparent and accountable. Greg LeRoy, the Executive Director of Good Jobs First, will provide a keynote address followed by an interactive panel discussion with elected officials and local economic development experts.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Online event registration is available at: https://incentivizinggrowth.eventbrite.com

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Greg LeRoy
Executive Director, Good Jobs First

PANELISTS:
Sarah Eckhardt, County Judge, Travis County
Rodney Gonzales, Deputy Director, Economic Development Department, City of Austin
Karin Richmond, Principal, Intelligent. Incentives., Inc.
Emily Timm, Deputy Director, Workers Defense Project

MODERATOR:
Dr. Michael Oden, Professor, Community and Regional Planning Program, UT School of Architecture

ABOUT GREG LEROY
Greg LeRoy is the founder and director of Good Jobs First, a national resource center promoting transparency and accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families. LeRoy is the author of The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation (2005) and No More Candy Store: States and Cities Making Job Subsidies Accountable (1994).

CO-SPONSOR:
City of Austin, Economic Development Department

EVENT DETAILS
February 6, 2015
12:00pm-2:00pm
The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall, Room 2.104
2315 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705

UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment

SAVE THE DATE
November 14, 2014
Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment
CLE Credit Hours: 2.5

An estimated 12 million individuals have a criminal record in Texas. Nationally, the number is over 77 million – nearly 1 in every 3 American adults. Many negative consequences flow from a criminal history, creating potentially lifelong barriers to housing, employment, government benefits, educational opportunity, and other resources necessary for building a stable and productive life. Come hear Maurice Emsellem, Program Director at the National Employment Law Project, and David Kirk, sociology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, speak on the significant role criminal records play in creating barriers to employment and the risks that come with a lack of meaningful employment opportunity. The opening presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts to consider the implications for Texas and strategies being used at state and local levels to address the crisis.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://fair-chance-hiring-reducing-criminal-recordbarrier.eventbrite.com

PRESENTERS
William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable
UT Opportunity Forum

TEXAS LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATION SPONSORS
American Constitution Society
Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association
Humans Rights Law Society
Public Interest Law Association
American Journal on Criminal Law
Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

EVENT DETAILS
November 14, 2014
1:00pm-4:00pm
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Eidman Courtroom, Room CCJ 2.306
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law Presents — Advancing Homeownership After the Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges in Texas

SAVE THE DATE
November 4, 2014
Advancing Homeownership After the Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges in Texas

Come hear Julia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress, speak on stabilizing the housing market and the future of housing finance, with an emphasis on Texas. In her role at CAP, and before that at the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Center for Responsible Lending, Ms. Gordon has worked on a broad range of housing finance issues, including foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and consumer financial protection. For more information about Julia Gordon and CAP, see http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/gordon-julia/bio/.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://advancing-homeownership-after-the-crisis.eventbrite.com

Event Co-Sponsor:  UT Opportunity Forum

To learn more about the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, visit our website.

EVENT DETAILS
November 4, 2014
11:45am-12:45pm
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Eidman Courtroom, Room CCJ 2.306
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705

UT Opportunity Forum and HousingWorks Austin Present HOUSING + TRANSIT: Getting on Track in Austin

SAVE THE DATE
April 4, 2014
HOUSING + TRANSIT: Getting on Track in Austin

ABOUT THE EVENT
Join us for a timely forum on linking transit and affordable housing policies in our region to build sustainable, inclusive communities. As Austin prepares for a November bond referendum on a new high-capacity transit investment, we will explore why Austin needs to link its plans for transit with affordable housing. Come learn from national and local experts about the tools available to get transit and affordable housing on track together.

Participate in the convesation about HOUSING + TRANSIT using #HTATX

REGISTRATION: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Online event registration is available at http://housingplustransit.eventbrite.com
Registration is full, but we are keeping a waiting list.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Shelley Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

About Shelley
Shelley Poticha is a national leader in linking transportation, housing, and land use policies to create more sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to joining NRDC, Shelley served as the first director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she led the initiative to transform the federal New Starts transit program to improve housing affordability and build inclusive communities along transit corridors. Shelley is the former President and CEO of Reconnecting America and former Executive Director of the Congress for New Urbanism.

PROGRAM
8:00 am      Sign In and Light Breakfast

8:15        Welcome Remarks
Heather Way
Director | Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
UT School of Law

8:30        Framing the Issue
Dr. Elizabeth Mueller
Associate Professor | Community and Regional Planning

8:50        Keynote Address
Shelley Poticha
Director | Urban Solutions Program
Natural Resources Defense Council

9:45        Break

10:00     Panel Discussion
John-Michael Cortez
Community Involvement Manager | Capital Metro

Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director | HousingWorks Austin

Kyle Keahey
Vice President | HNTB Corp.

Garner Stoll
Former Assistant Director | Neighborhood Planning & Zoning
City of Austin

11:30    Audience Q&A with Panelists

12:00     Close

EVENT CO-SPONSORS
Center for Sustainable Development
LBJ School Center for Politics and Governance
Center for Politics and Governance
Liveable City
Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter
Imagine Austin, City of Austin
Capital Metro
Austin Board of REALTORS®

EVENT DETAILS
April 4, 2014
8:00am-12:00pm
The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall, Room 2.104
2313 Red River St.

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